Administration Updates / Coronavirus

April 23rd Coronavirus Update from the Trump Administration

Temporarily Suspending Immigration

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “In order to protect our great American workers, I’ve just signed an executive order temporarily suspending immigration into the United States. This will ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens. Crucially, we will also preserve our health care resources for American patients.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We have to take care of our patients, we have to take care of our great American workers, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Assistance for Distressed Communities

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “My Administration is committed to providing the testing that is needed to fight the virus in distressed communities. In the last month alone, we’ve already sent over $1.4 billion to our nation’s 13,000 community health care centers – think of that, 13,000 – to increase testing and treatment in the underserved areas. We’re also expanding access to telehealth. Telehealth has become a big deal.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The legislation passed by the Senate yesterday includes an additional $25 billion to further expand testing and provides even more funding for community health centers.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “My administration is working closely with governors to ensure that they have the testing infrastructure in place to reduce further spread of the virus, if they’re so inclined to use the testing apparatus including strategies for older individuals, low-income Americans, minorities, and Native Americans.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “My administration’s committed to restoring black and Hispanic communities to full economic health. They want to be healthy economically and physically, and that’s what we’re doing. To that end, today, I’m directing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, led by Secretary Ben Carson, to focus its effort on supporting underserved communities impacted by the coronavirus.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Furthermore, the council will seek input from the private sector and community leaders on how we can best support minority and distressed communities. As president, I’m absolutely determined to deliver a great future for Americans of every race, religion, color, and creed.”

Testing

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We continue to make great strides on testing … Most of the governors have never faced a situation like this before, but we are helping them find unused testing capacity within their states.  Tremendous testing capacities that the governors, in many cases, didn’t know they had, and additional capabilities are coming online every day.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Our task force issued its reopening guidelines earlier than April 30th to give governors the time that they needed to develop testing capability and capacity and customized plans for their states.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “[Vice President Pence is] providing technical assistance to all 50 states through one-on-one phone calls as they develop and implement their plans.”

Ventilators

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Nobody that needed a ventilator – you know this and we went through this with the governors – that needed a ventilator didn’t get a ventilator. That was an incredible achievement.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “The President promised that by harnessing the power of the American economy, we would have a 100,000 ventilators in 100 days. Thanks to the ingenuity and the hardworking Americans that I was with yesterday and other companies, we’re actually going to have 110,000 ventilators in 100 days.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “We continue to build our strategic national stockpile, it’s growing again with ventilators — on nearly 11,000 in supply, 901 new ventilators will be added.”

Treatments and Therapeutics

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “My administration has directed more than $7 billion in federal funding to support the development of treatments, diagnostics, and therapies.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The FDA, the NIH, and industry leaders are establishing master clinical trial protocols to test multiple promising new drugs at the same time.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “More than 1,600 locations across the country have signed up to administer convalescent plasma to patients, infusing them with antibodies of those who have recovered. And when they recover – I said it last time – practically the first thing they say is ‘I want to give my blood so I can help other people.’”

Economic Relief Funding

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Following around the clock negotiations yesterday, the Senate answered my call to replenish the paycheck protection program so that millions of additional American workers can keep getting a paycheck. We just increased it by $310 billion. I urge the House to pass the bill without delay.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The legislation passed by the Senate yesterday also reserves $30 billion in loans for small financial institutions that serve minority and distressed communities, very important.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “As you know, and this was an interesting story in recent days. I’ve called for Harvard – that’s Harvard University – which has a $40 billion endowment fund to return the money that it was allocated under the CARES Act. And I’m pleased to announce that Harvard has announced today that they will not accept the funds, nor will Stanford University, or many of the others that were involved.”

Reopening America Safely

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The number of new positive cases continue to decline nationwide. Recent hotspots appear to be stabilizing.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Cases in the Boston area are now declining. The Chicago curve appears to have flattened, which is terrific, and Detroit is past its peak. These trends demonstrate that our aggressive strategy to battle the virus is working and that more states will soon be in a position to gradually and safely re-open.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “The New York metro area, New Jersey, Connecticut, all appear to be past their peak. And as our scientists may reflect in a few moments, we also are seeing the positive rate going down, which is actually even as encouraging as the declining cases.”

Following CDC Guidelines

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “As restrictions are lifted, we must maintain vigilance and continue practicing social distancing. I encourage governors to follow a careful, phased approach and I want to remind all Americans to adhere to our guidelines.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I told the Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, that I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities which are in violation of the phase one guidelines for the incredible people of Georgia … I want him to do what he thinks is right, but I disagree with him on what he’s doing.”

NIAID DIRECTOR FAUCI: “If I were advising the governor, I would tell him that he should be careful. And I would advise him not to just turn the switch on and go because there is a danger of a rebound.”

National Guard and Military Personnel

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “As our task force learned today, more than 31,000 National Guard have stood up around the country and the President in the last day extended what’s called Title 32 authorizations for all National Guard personnel through May 31. So, we’re going to continue to partner with states as the National Guard plays a vital role in testing and cleaning nursing homes and in standing up states’ response.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “We have more than 5,500 active duty military personnel including, as of yesterday, 964 medical professionals in the uniform of the United States working in 17 hospitals in seven states around the country.

Possible Return of the Virus

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I do want to mention, a man who’s done a very good job for us, Dr. Robert Redfield, was totally misquoted in the media on his statement about the fall season and the virus”

CDC DIRECTOR REDFIELD: “Thank you, Mr. President. I really do think it’s important to clarify this as we build the confidence of the American people. When I commented yesterday that there was a possibility of a fall-winter — next fall and winter could be more difficult, more complicated when we had two respiratory illnesses circulating at the same time, Influenza and the Coronavirus-19. But I think it’s really important to emphasize what I didn’t say. I didn’t say that this was going to be worse. I said it was going to be more complicated – or more difficult.”

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